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Rich Pellegrin

Rich Pellegrin’s research examines the significance of the Salzerian analytical tradition with respect to both the classical and jazz idioms. He has presented research at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. His work has been published in Jazz Perspectives, Intégral (forthcoming), ZGMTH (Journal of the Society for Music Theory, Germany), Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, and The Conversation; published in volumes by the University of Florida Press (forthcoming), Vernon Press (forthcoming), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and KFU Publishing House; and featured in the NPR segment The Academic Minute. Pellegrin recently served as Guest Editor of a special issue of Jazz Perspectives devoted to John Coltrane. As a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, he has released five albums on Origin Records. His record Down was reviewed in Downbeat Magazine, which described “moments of absolute bliss” and wrote, “Pellegrin does as the great pianists do, supplying encouragement and graceful touches in the background, before diving forward to take solos that are by turns florid and cracked, balletic and modern.”

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Christopher Goddard

Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer, pianist and music theorist based in Gainesville. As a composer he has collaborated with NYO Canada, Esprit Orchestra, Quatuor Molinari, Continuum, Ensemble Paramirabo, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, andPlay duo, No Exit New Music Ensemble, and others. Recent commissions have come from the Lucerne Festival, the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall and the City of Reutlingen. His music has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio, 2 and can be heard on Innova Recordings and Naxos Classics. His work has been recognized by the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards, the MacDowell Foundation, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine. As a performer he has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, and appeared with new music groups and at contemporary music festivals across North America and in Europe. His research interests include conceptions of musical space and orchestration in the 20th and 21st centuries. He currently teaches theory and aural skills at the University of Florida. 

Shannon Lowe

Dr. Shannon Lowe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Aural Skills at the University of Florida. Before her arrival at UF, she served as Associate Professor of Bassoon in the Department of Music at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with the renowned performer and pedagogue Dr. Frank Morelli. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Performer's Certificate as well as her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance degree from the University of Florida, under Dr. Arnold Irchai and Dr. Kim Woolly.

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